If you hadn't heard, the Design District is becoming not only a destination for art and design but fashion. Edo Popken of Switzerland was the first trailblazer to bring apparel to the neighborhood when the upscale men's clothing store opened on Dragon mid-2013, bringing the well-known designer's custom-tailored clothes to Dallas. As 2013 wound to a close, the fashion community in the Design District grew by two as Chantilly and Front Door Fashion moved into the neighborhood. Chantilly is the brainchild of founders Chelsea Brogdon and Caitlyn Mullanix. The two, united by their love of fashion, launched the store representing a number of lines of women's apparel and accessories, all carefully picked out by the two. Apart from the wholesale offerings currently available at the boutique, Brogdon, Mullanix and their team of designers are working to launch their very own line of women's apparel and accessories. Until the line launches though, patrons have access to the duo's hand-picked selections, complimentary alterations and custom creations, whether you need a dress for an evening out or something a little more casual.
Brogdon said the choice to set up shop in the Design District made a lot of sense for the duo. Not only would they be able to easily acquire a larger space than would be available elsewhere in Dallas, which they need for production and tailoring, but they would also be close to all of the places from which they source materials for their designs. Chantilly is located just off of Dragon behind mid2mod and the shop is open most days from 10AM - 5PM. Another fashionable duo is behind Front Door Fashion which recently opened doors and launched their services over on Vantage Street. Front Door Fashion, helmed by Nina Lowe and Andrea Isom, is a different kind of fashion business. At Front Door Fashion, busy professionals complete an online profile which is reviewed by a professional stylists who puts together a number of looks chosen specifically for the client.
The client, who then tries on the clothes in the privacy of their own homes, has the option to keep what they want, and send back what they don't (all shipping and packaging is pre-paid), charged only for what they keep. Consider it shopping for dummies. Lowe and Isom launched the company in Spring of 2013 but just recently opened their brick and mortar 'lounge' in the Design District where clients can actually meet one-on-one with their professional stylists if they'd like a more intimate setting for their consultation. Isom and Lowe used their own personal experience as busy professionals to fill a niche for busy women who want to dress fashionably but aren't confident enough in their own fashion sense or simply don't have time to shop. Find out more, fill out your Front Door Fashion profile, or make an appointment to meet with a professional stylist at Front Door Fashion's Vantage Street lounge by heading to frontdoorfashion.com.